The Raid 2: Berandal just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and we now have the first US trailer before it hits theaters later this year. It’s been two years since The Raid: Redemption’smade its big debut at the Sundance 2012, and word is that this sequel is bigger and better. Watch the full trailer after the jump to see for yourself.
The first time I laid eyes on The Raid, it was in a small, non-stadium seating Landmark Theatre with maybe five others in the audience. It practically knocked me out of my seat; everyone was quiet after the credits rolled. Gareth Evans had created one of the greatest action movies of our generation. Known for only two other projects – Merantau and Footsteps – Evans put himself on the map with The Raid. He would collaborate on V/H/S/2 – his short was entitled “Safe Haven” – which would be the crown jewel of the anthology, but it was his follow up to The Raid that had all eyes locked in on him.
From the looks of things, The Raid 2: Berandal comes at audiences harder and faster than we could have ever possibly imagined. The Raid was insane, intense, and absolutely incredible, but the trailer her for The Raid 2 ups the ante by tenfold. Taking the action out of a dilapidated apartment complex and bringing the chaos to all sorts of areas throughout an unspecified city in Indonesia.
Words cannot express what took place here, but there was many things. All of the things really. And the fact that there were hardly no appearance of guns is rather interesting. The Raid has a rather fun cast of wild card fighters with their own unique personalities, and in Berandal we’ve got people with hammers, small-curved knives, cars, and a baseball bat. I hope nothing gets cut from the Sundance version they showed, because I want it all.
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Plot synopsis courtesy of the website of The Raid 2: Berandal:
Following immediately after the events of The Raid, Rama (Iko Uwais) is forced to reinvent himself as an undercover cop in order to provide protection for his wife and child. Working for the anti-corruption taskforce led by the one person he can trust, Bunawar, he is given a mission to engage himself as an enforcer for a local mob boss, Bangun. Finding a way in through Bangun’s son Uco, Rama must hunt for information linking Bangun with police force corruption. All the while, he harbors a dangerous and personal vendetta for revenge and justice that threatens to consume him- and bring both this mission and the organized crime syndicates crashing down.
Along with Iko Uwais, The Raid 2: Berandal also stars Julie Estelle, Yayan Ruhian, Donny Alamsyah, Oka Antara, Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusadewo, Ryühei Matsuda, Alex Abbad, Very Tri Yulisman, and Cecep Arif Rahman.
The Raid 2: Berandal hits theaters March 28, 2014.
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